With the embarrassment of riches being shown on Toronto’s multiple screens dedicated to repertory cinema, we decided it was high time to create a monthly guide for all of our local readers. Highlighting everything from the classic to the bizarre, from the backroom at Eyesore Cinema to the recently reopened Ontario Cinesphere, we’ve included dozens of screenings taking place all over the city. Find out which ones are FREE, which are 35mm prints, and which screenings are accompanied by special guests and other performances, from burlesque dancing and live bands, to the classic monthly shadowcast screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Also be sure to check out some of these ongoing, extensive retrospectives at the TIFF Bell Lightbox:
Starting December 21st, the filmmaker who redefined American popular cinema receives his first ever TIFF Cinematheque retrospective.
Bergman 100: The Ingmar Bergman Centenary
A smash hit in London and New York, this centenary celebration of the revered Swedish master is packed with classics, rarities, and recent restorations.
From Grand Hotel through Johnny Guitar to the Grand Guignol nightmare of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, TIFF surveys the cinema of the fearsomely determined Golden Age superstar
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, TIFF welcomes artists, experts, and combat veterans for this expansive retrospective exploring the cinematic depictions of the 20th century’s first modern war.
Presented by the Bechdel Tested series, tackling topics of women’s representation in various fields.
Mega Fun Movie Explosion presents this kid-friendly screening. Arrive a half-hour before the feature starts for games, activities and a raffle!
Presented by NOW Free Flick Mondays.
BLACK GOLD returns to warm up your winter with a 35mm screening of Mario Van Peebles’ seminal crime flick screening on 35mm!
Brendan Fraser’s finest performance is a fitting finale for Eyesore’s “Frase Haze” retrospective.
TIFF and Inside Out invite you to a special Carol-themed evening of Christmas carolling and karaoke, followed by a screening of Todd Haynes’ tender adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel.
Fear is Free Fridays presents another burst of HORROR
Dec. 7, 8 & 9
Hosted and curated by local favourite and writer Crystal-Rose Madore, Throwback Cinema showcases the best of family and kid-friendly cinema from the 1970s-1990s, from blockbusters to cult classics.
Always Asian Presents: Girls with Guns Double Bill.
Dec. 8 & 9
Silent Revue is Toronto’s celebrated ongoing exploration of Silent Cinema – the only year-round dedicated selection of silent films in a theatrical venue. All screenings feature live musicians and are set in the fabulous silent-era Revue Cinema!
Presented by the Laser Blast Film Society.
Presented by Indie88’s Band and a Movie with a special performance set from the band Tokyo Police Club.
Prizes will be raffled courtesy of The Beguiling and the TCAF Shop!
Presented by the Ladies of Burlesque, this screening will feature a burlesque performance by Rubie Magnitude.
Presented by Designing the Movies. Hosted by journalist Nathalie Atkinson, Designing the Movies uses at direction, production, set, and costume design as a lens for analysis.
The boys of Boosie Fade bring the party to the Lightbox with this special screening of Charles Stone III’s Paid in Full, followed by drinks at a post-screening party.
Dec. 14, 15, & 16
Part of the Dumpster Raccoon series hosted by Anthony Oliveira; screening trashy cult classics accompanied by live performances.
Presented by Trashterpiece Theatre.
Die Hard (1988) @ Revue Cinema SOLD OUT
Drunken Cinema is hosting a special “X-Mas” themed movie drinking game to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this action-packed holiday cult classic.
Come join the one and only drag queen extraordinaire Allysin Chaynes for a cinematic journey through your favorite cult films. Full movie, live and potentially very drunk commentary, special guests, performances, drinking games and plenty of surprises.
Neon Dreams Cinema Club brings you an incidental Christmas classic guaranteed to wipe that Hallmark-smile right off your face.
Presented by the Laser Blast Film Society.
Dec. 21, 22
Dec 21, 22, & 23
Dec. 26 & 27
Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30
Dec. 28, 29 & 30
Dec. 28 & 29
As always, Hot Docs will be presenting the cult classic with Toronto’s own Shadow Cast who will be performing their own satirical, comedic version of the film for audiences during the show.
The seventh annual Dude’s New Year’s event. After the screening, watch the countdown on the big screen and toast the New Year.
*Accessibility Note: The Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema FREE screenings of Love Actually, Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story will all be presented with Open Captions.